Indiana State Police say a man who was fatally shot by a trooper in Montgomery County Friday (December 28, 2018) had allegedly grabbed a gun from his waist. State Police say the trooper had approached the victim along US 231 and made some verbal commands after seeing a gun in the man’s waist.
State Police say 56-year-old Glenn Rightsell of Linden, Indiana is the man who allegedly grabbed the gun from his waist at which time he was shot by the trooper. Rightsell was transported to Franciscan Hospital in Crawfordsville, where he died.
Indiana State Police are conducting an investigation into the incident and a report will be forwarded to the Montgomery County Prosecutor for review.
The trooper involved in the shooting had placed a tag on an abandoned vehicle along US 231 shortly before 4:00 p.m. Friday. The yellow tags are placed on a vehicle to notify other law enforcement officers that the vehicle has already been checked.
It was about three hours later that the trooper noticed another vehicle had stopped near the vehicle he had tagged. It was as the trooper was approaching that vehicle that the suspect – Rightsell – allegedly refused to comply with the trooper’s directions and then grabbed the gun on his waist, according to State Police reports. It was at that moment that the trooper pulled his weapon and shot Rightsell